These adjectives mean asserting or tending to assert one's authority or to impose one's will on others. Dictatorial stresses the highhanded, peremptory manner characteristic of a dictator: ordered the staff about in her usual dictatorial manner.Authoritarian implies the expectation of unquestioning obedience: the timid child of authoritarian parents.Dogmatic suggests the imposing of one's will or opinion as though these were beyond challenge: “When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic” (John Kenneth Galbraith). Doctrinaire implies the imposition of one's theories, beliefs, or doctrines: “They didn't know the facts . . . and I don't think it would've mattered in the slightest if they had. Very doctrinaire” (George V. Higgins). Imperious suggests the arrogant manner of one accustomed to commanding: dismissed my opinion with an imperious gesture.Overbearing implies a tendency to be oppressively or rudely domineering: an overbearing customer demanding to see the manager.
Arabi, after a brief fall from office, acquired a dictatorial power that alarmed the British government.
Although the authority of the president is carefully defined and limited by the Constitution, the exercise of dictatorial powers has been so common that the executive may be considered practically supreme and irresponsible.
In 1835, with the title of governor and captain general, he acquired dictatorial powers, and all public authority passed into his hands.
In December 1824 Bolivar convoked a constituent congress for the February following; but this body, taking into consideration the unsettled state of the country, thought it proper to invest him with dictatorial power for another year.
The Iberians still reverence as saints the Armenian doctors of the 5th century, but as early as 552 they began to resent the dictatorial methods of the Armenians, as well might a proud race of mountaineers who never wholly lost their political independence; and they broke off their allegiance to the Armenian see very soon afterwards, accepted Chalcedon and joined the Byzantine church.